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TravelBound Launches 2018 Wave Season Deals
TravelBound

TravelBound is kicking off Wave Season with deals for every major ocean and river cruise port available now and throughout the year. Every week through March, the fully independent travel (FIT) company will roll out additional destination highlights with exclusive deals, hotel and tour recommendations, and tips from their staff. 

TravelBound features properties and experiences in many ports, from river cruise ports like Prague and Paris to the largest ocean ports including Miami and Barcelona. Wave Season deals will include early booking discounts, free night offers, and other incentives on thousands of properties in locations like Miami, London, Rome, Barcelona, Seattle, Paris, and more.

Selling exclusively to travel agents, TravelBound is a supplier of fully independent travel (FIT) to destinations around the world. Its inventory includes 50,000-plus hotels, apartments and villas all over the world, transfer options in over 1,000 airport and city locations, as well as sightseeing tours, attractions and activities, and hundreds of transfer options. Travelbound’s products can be found in popular travel destinations like the Caribbean, Italy, France, Spain, Mexico, and South America.

A brand of GTA, TravelBound benefits from a worldwide network of offices staffed with product negotiators and coordination teams. GTA is provider of ground travel products and services to the fully independent travel industry.

Other deals and incentives at TravelBound include its Amazon Rewards Program. When agents sign up for the program, they will earn cash, loaded on an Amazon gift card, on eligible bookings based on the booking and travel period of select promotions run throughout the year.

For more information on TravelBound, visit travelbound.gta-promotions.com/wave2018/.

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Zemi Beach House Offers Post-Hurricane Welcome Back Promotion
The promotion is valid for booking until December 19, 2018. | Zemi Beach House

To celebrate Zemi Beach House's re-opening after the hurricanes in late 2017, the luxury hotel in Anguilla is offering a Welcome Back Promotion. From February 15, 2018, through December 19, 2018, guests can book three nights and receive a fourth night for free. From April 15, 2018, through December 19, 2018, guests can book five nights and receive a sixth and seventh night free. Additionally, all rooms and suites will include a complimentary daily buffet breakfast.

The complimentary nights promotion is subject to availability and valid for booking until December 19, 2018. To receive the complimentary nights, the stay must be a minimum of three or five consecutive nights. Complimentary nights are not redeemable for future stays. This offer cannot be combined with any other promotions, packages or offers, and is applicable towards new bookings only.

Zemi Beach House is situated on Shoal Bay Beach in Anguilla. At Zemi Beach House, guests start their vacation with a private plane or sea shuttle to the hotel from St. Maarten. Once they arrive, guests can enjoy the hotel’s Thai House Spa, three bars, two restaurants, pools, fitness center, and a variety of water sports and beachfront activities. 

Guests can enjoy casual beachfront dining at the hotel’s all-day restaurant, 20 Knots, serving Caribbean-style cuisine. Or, guests can try Stone, Zemi’s fine-dining restaurant that offers a seasonal menu of seafood, fish and sea-to-table entrees. Starting rates are $730 per night, and the hotel will be accepting reservations from February 15th onward.

For more information, visit www.zemibeach.com.

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New Warwick Paradise Island - Bahamas Packages Offer 15 Percent Commission
Paradise Winter Savings features savings up to 55 percent in all five room categories for bookings made by March 15 with travel dates through December 31. | Warwick Paradise Island - Bahamas

The adults-only, all-inclusive Warwick Paradise Island - Bahamas invites travelers to personalize their vacation experience by offering special packages. Guests can select accommodations from five room categories and enhance their stay with amenity upgrades including treatments at the resort's boutique Amber Spa and specialized menu options.

Travel agents can book the resort's special offers for their clients, all of which feature the all-inclusive amenities, and receive a 15 percent commission. Paradise Winter Savings features savings up to 55 percent in all five room categories for bookings made by March 15 with travel dates through December 31. 

Guests booking a minimum of three nights on the Paradise Winter Savings promotion receive a credit for use at the resort's boutique Amber Spa. Credits range from $30 - $150 per person and vary according to number of nights and room category booked. 

Rates start from $343 per room, per night, double occupancy in an Island View double/double bedroom, based on travel through April 15. Rates vary according to travel dates and room category and are subject to availability and blackout dates. 

Celebrate in Paradise can be used on stays that are a minimum of three nights in a Harbour Deluxe or Premium Balcony or Harbourfront One-Bedroom Suite, to celebrate any special occasion. The offer includes $75 Amber Spa credit per person, per stay; chilled Prosecco and a miniature rum cake. 

Stays that are a minimum of seven nights receive an additional $100 Amber Spa credit per person, per stay and complimentary roundtrip coach transfer service from the airport to the resort. Rates start from $575 per room, per night, double, based on accommodations in a Harbour Deluxe Balcony double/double for travel through April 15.

Warwick Suite Dreams is available to guests booking the resort's Harbourfront One-Bedroom Suite where travelers can experience Bahamian luxury with views of Nassau Harbour. 

The Suite Dreams package includes daily fresh fruit in-room, a selection of Bootleg Chocolates of The Bahamas (per stay), Tortuga Rum Cake (per stay), a bottle of Prosecco each night, complimentary roundtrip coach transfer service between the airport and resort, and nightly turn-down service. 

Stays that are a minimum of two nights receive a $100 Amber Spa credit per person, per stay while stays that are a minimum of five nights receive a $350 Amber Spa credit per person, per stay and roundtrip private car service to and from the airport. Rates start from $924 per room, per night, double occupancy for travel through April 15.

Visit www.warwickhotels.com


 

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Pleasant Holidays' New Travel Discounts to the Caribbean, Mexico, South Pacific
Fiji bookings must be booked by March 25 to receive $600 off and Cook Islands bookings must be made by April 22 to receive $300 off.
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Pleasant Holidays

Pleasant Holidays has announced it will celebrate milestone anniversaries for three of its core destination portfolios in 2018 with special offers and promotions throughout the year. 

The company marks 25 years of selling Mexico beach vacations, 20 years of selling Tahiti and Bora Bora, and 10 years of selling the Caribbean.

Pleasant Holidays launched sales of Mexico vacation packages with a handful of destinations in 1993, marking the company’s first venture outside of Hawaii. 

Pleasant Holidays’ newly released Mexico sales brochure features 250 hotels, resorts, villas, condos and residences—including 150 all-inclusive options—in 15 popular vacation areas plus cruises, sightseeing tours and activities, and more. 

To kick off the year-long 25th anniversary celebration, Pleasant Holidays is offering exclusive hotel rates and added values including kids stay and eat free promotions on air-inclusive Mexico vacations at participating resorts including Cancun, Cozumel, Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta. 

The deals are valid on new bookings made by January 28 for select travel through December 16. Mexico continues to be no. 1 for destination weddings for the company as well.

In 1998, Pleasant Holidays added South Pacific package vacations. Twenty years later, Pleasant Holidays is recognized as No. 1 travel provider to Tahiti by Air Tahiti Nui and offers a portfolio that includes more than 80 resorts across Tahiti, Fiji and the Cook Islands plus six cruise lines, including luxury cruises from Paul Gauguin Cruises and Windstar Cruises. 

To celebrate 20 years of selling South Pacific vacations, Pleasant Holidays is offering up to $600 off per booking on air-inclusive vacations at participating resorts. 

The deals are valid on new bookings for travel through December 31 and require a minimum night stay of five or seven nights depending on the destination. Tahiti bookings must be made by March 18 to receive $600 off and include romantic overwater bungalow accommodations; Fiji bookings must be booked by March 25 to receive $600 off and Cook Islands bookings must be made by April 22 to receive $300 off.

Pleasant Holidays’ Caribbean portfolio has expanded rapidly since its launch in 2008 and the destination now ranks as one of its top performers in terms of sales and passengers. 

Pleasant Holidays offers 24 unique island nations including the Dominican Republic, Aruba, Jamaica, the Bahamas, St. Lucia and Turks and Caicos; more than 250 resorts—including all-inclusive, adults-only and family-friendly options—and an array of Caribbean cruises from Norwegian Cruise Line and Windstar Cruises. 

Pleasant Holidays has a variety of promotions planned throughout the year in celebration of its 10th anniversary of selling Caribbean vacations. Currently, travelers save up to 50 percent off room rates at select Caribbean hotels participating in the April Travel Sale, which is valid for travel April 1 – 30.

Visit www.pleasantagent.com

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Pleasant Holidays’ April Sale for Hawaii, Mexico, Caribbean Travel
The sale is valid for new bookings made by April 30 for travel from April 1 – 30, at more than 30 hotels and resorts. | Pleasant Holidays

Pleasant Holidays recently announced its April Travel Sale featuring its best deals for April vacations to Hawaii, Mexico and the Caribbean

The sale is valid for new bookings made by April 30 for travel from April 1 – 30, at more than 30 hotels and resorts.
 
April Travel Sale deals for Hawaii feature exclusive hotel rates and added values including daily breakfast or food & beverage credit, up to 15 percent off pampering spa treatments and more at five luxury oceanfront resorts on four popular Hawaiian islands. 

Travelers can select from Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa and The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort on Waikiki Beach; The Westin Maui Resort & Spa on Kaanapali Beach; Kauai Marriott Resort on Kalapaki Beach; and Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay on Hawaii Island. Hawaii April Travel Sale bookings made by February 25 also receive a complimentary three-day economy Hertz car rental, which may be upgraded to a convertible, luxury or SUV at additional cost.
 
April Travel Sale deals for Mexico feature up to 74 percent off hotel rates at more than a dozen all-inclusive beach resorts in Riviera Maya, Los Cabos, Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit. Resorts include both family-friendly and adults-only options from Melia, Barcelo Hotel Group and Riu Hotels & Resorts in Mexico’s popular resort areas.
 
Travelers save up to 50 percent on hotel rates at all-inclusive Riu Hotels & Resorts located in the Caribbean with Pleasant Holidays’ April Travel Sale. The hotel chain offers a variety of family-friendly and adults-only resorts in popular beach destinations in the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Aruba and the Bahamas.
 
Travel Agents can boost their commission income by including, trip protection plans, sightseeing tours, activities, dinner cruises and more, available for booking online at PleasantActivities.com

Pleasant Holidays’ Protection Plan Plus includes travel agent commission protection while providing comprehensive travel protection including benefits, coverage and assistance services.
 
Visit www.pleasantagent.com and www.pleasantactivities.com

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Blue Hawaiian Helicopters’ New “Love Takes Flight” Romance Package
The package price starts at $2,800 per couple with tour dates on February 12 -17. Booking is available now through February 17. | Blue Hawaiian Helicopters

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters in Hawaii recently launches its new romantic package, “Love Takes Flight.” 

Conceived for those looking to take their beloved on a fairytale adventure in celebration of Valentine’s Day, the package entails an excursion with a private aerial tour of the eastern side of Maui.

The 45-minute ride begins with a journey over the town of Hana, revealing its lush vegetation, rugged mountains, veil-like waterfalls, and breathtaking coastline. Just a few miles beyond Hana, the trip continues over the majestic Haleakala, boasting its incredible volcanic landscape and vivid-colored natural formations.

The highlight of the dreamy tour is landing in the secluded Piiholo Ranch Cabins, an idyllic pasture surrounded by stunning mountain and ocean views, for an intimate champagne picnic lunch. Couples have the option to upgrade this romantic escape with a horseback experience for an additional fee (based on availability.)

“Nothing compares to a bird’s eye view of Hana and the striking Haleakala, with a helicopter landing on an exclusive ranch in Hawaii,” said Gregg Lundberg, president of Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, in a written release. “We wanted to offer this extraordinary aerial tour package to help our guests create unforgettable Valentine’s Day memories.”

The package price starts at $2,800 per couple with tour dates on February 12 -17. Booking is available now through February 17.

Visit www.bluehawaiian.com

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Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts Launches Happiness Sale
Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts

Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts has launched a two-week value-driven campaign with discounted rates and special offers including up to two kids free.

The Happiness Sale, which runs from January 8 - 22, allows vacationers to pick from 20 all-inclusive Bahia Principe properties. The discounts apply for travel reservations through December 22, 2019, including peak season and holidays.

This is an opportunity for travelers to book a stay at Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar, which reopened in November 2018 after an extensive US$30 million renovation. Located in Punta Cana, the adults-only property has been upgraded to feature all-new swim up suites and modern interiors. Travelers can also reserve a stay at the rebranded Grand Bahia Principe Aquamarine, an adults-only, entertainment-focused property.

Additionally, families can take advantage of kids stay free offers at several resorts, based on room category:

  • Dominican Republic: Grand Bahia Principe Turquesa, Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana, Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro, Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda, Fantasia Bahia Principe Punta Cana, Grand Bahia Principe San Juan, Grand Bahia Principe La Romana, Grand Bahia Principe El Portillo, Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado
  • Mexico: Grand Bahia Principe Coba, Grand Bahia Principe Tulum, Luxury Bahia Principe Akumal
  • Jamaica: Grand Bahia Principe Jamaica

Restrictions on number of children and room categories vary. Guests can book stays online or via a travel agent. Travel agents can take advantage of double points for all bookings through the brand’s Bahia Principe Rewards loyalty program. Agents who are new to Bahia Principe Rewards receive 1,000 welcome points when they sign up, which are also doubled during the Happiness Sale booking window.

For more information visit www.bahia-principe.com

Photo Courtesy of Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar

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NYC Broadway Week Winter 2018 Tickets Are on Sale Now
NYC & Company

NYC & Company, a destination marketing organization in New York City, announced NYC Broadway Week tickets are on sale now to the public. The bi-annual program, now in its eighth year, will run from January 16 through February 4, 2018, offering visitors and New Yorkers the opportunity to purchase two-for-one tickets to 19 Broadway shows.

Seven of the 19 participating shows are new Broadway productions, including Farinelli and the King, Spongebob Squarepants, and the Parisian Woman, among others.

The 19 shows participating in NYC Broadway Week winter 2018 are:

  • A Bronx Tale
  • Aladdin
  • Anastasia
  • Beautiful – The Carole King Musical
  • Chicago
  • The Children
  • Farinelli and the King
  • Hello, Dolly!
  • John Lithgow: Stories by Heart
  • Kinky Boots
  • Latin History for Morons
  • The Lion King
  • Once on This Island
  • The Parisian Woman
  • The Phantom of the Opera
  • The Play That Goes Wrong
  • School of Rock
  • SpongeBob SquarePants
  • Wicked

NYC Broadway Week is produced by NYC & Company in partnership with American Express, The Broadway League, Ticketmaster, Telecharge and Audience Rewards. Since its launch in January 2011, NYC Broadway Week has cumulatively sold more than 1,128,000 tickets, generating nearly $77 million in revenue for Broadway.

Last month, NYC & Company announced the first-ever NYC Broadway Week Winter Stay hotel promotion. This winter, NYC Broadway Week two-for-one ticket holders who stay at one of 25 participating hotels will receive a daily $25 food and beverage on-property credit; all participating hotels are centrally located to Broadway’s famed Theater District.

Additionally, NYC & Company is inviting visitors to seek out the ultimate-value week this winter, January 29 through February 4, when three of NYC & Company’s signature programs align: NYC Broadway Week, NYC Restaurant Week, and NYC Must-See Week.

For more information, go to www.nycgo.com.

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Apple Vacations Unveils Great Winter Event Sales
Apple Vacations

Travelers can exchange winter weather for beach getaways with exclusive savings through Apple Vacations’ Great Winter Event, which includes popular destinations throughout Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and Hawaii. The sale ends January 24, 2019, for travel through March 30, 2019.

Following are sample air-inclusive packages from various gateways. Rates are based on select travel dates and vary based on property selected, dates of travel, length of stay and room category purchased.

  • Chicago (ORD): Three nights all-inclusive at Grand Bahia Principe Turquesa in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic from $649 per person.
  • Denver (DEN): Five nights at Hilton Hawaii Village Waikiki Beach Resort from $1,049 per person including daily resort fee and guaranteed upgrade to Partial Ocean-view room.
  • Milwaukee (MKE): Four all-inclusive nights in Mexico’s Riviera Maya at Iberostar Paraiso del Mar from $849 per person.
  • Minneapolis (MSP): Seven nights all-inclusive at Barceló Gran Faro Los Cabos from $969 per person with up to $500 in resort discounts per room.
  • Pittsburgh (PIT): Seven nights all-inclusive at Emotions Playa Dorada in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic from $949 per person.
  • Philadelphia (PHL): Three nights all-inclusive at Riu Ocho Rios in Jamaica from $799 per person.
  • Rockford (RFD): Seven all-inclusive nights in Costa Rica at Riu Guanacaste from $1,679 per person with 10 percent off green fees at Vista Ridge Golf & Country Club.  

Rates quoted are per person, based on double occupancy, and include airfare, accommodations, hotel transfer and taxes. This offer must be booked by January 24, 2019.

For more information, visit http://www.applevacations.com/travel-vacation-deals/

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Four 2018 Wave Season Cruise Deals From Norwegian Cruise Line
The Super Splash Sale is available through January 15, and three more deals are available through January 31. | Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line is kicking off Wave Season 2018 with a limited time offer. Now through January 15, guests can take advantage of the Super Splash Sale and receive up to $500 in free onboard spending on select five-day or longer sailings. This offer is combinable with Free at Sea, providing up to $3,100 in added value on a traveler’s cruise.

Three more Wave Season offers will be available throughout the month of January:

  1. Norwegian’s Free at Sea promotion will be extended through January 31. This signature value-added offer provides guests who book a new three-day or longer sailing in an oceanview, balcony or minisuite category stateroom with the opportunity to select their preference of two free choices from five onboard amenity offers, including free unlimited open bar, a free specialty dining package, $50 towards shore excursions in each port per stateroom, 250 minutes of free Wi-Fi, or Norwegian’s Friends & Family Sail Free offer that allows the third and fourth guests to sail for free on many 2018 sail dates. Inside staterooms, as well as Norwegian’s Studio staterooms for solo travelers, can choose one free offer. Those who book a cruise in a suite or The Haven by Norwegian get all five free amenities, providing up to $2,600 in added value.
  2. Guests looking to soak up the sun in the South Pacific can take advantage of Norwegian’s Free at Sea Hawaii offer, which has also been extended through January 31. Guests who book a new cruise vacation aboard Pride of America, which sails seven-day inter-island cruises in Hawaii, can select one of five offers, including a free one-night pre-cruise hotel stay with an option to select reduced airfare starting at $399 from select gateways, a free specialty dining package, free pre-paid service charges for the first and second guest in the stateroom, free $50 per port shore excursion credit per stateroom, or Norwegian’s Friends & Family Sail Free, allowing the third and fourth guests in each stateroom to sail for free on many 2018 sail dates. Guests who book a suite aboard Pride of America can enjoy all five offers.
  3. Guests who are looking to explore the rich history of Cuba can enjoy $50 in free onboard spending money with Norwegian’s Havana Nights promotion now through January 31. Cruisers who book a new cruise to Cuba can take advantage of an all-inclusive onboard experience with unlimited open bar on Norwegian Sky from Miami or Norwegian Sun from Port Canaveral.

Visit www.ncl.com

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Travel Impressions Offers Savings and Resort Credit for Groups at Iberostar
Available until January 31. | Travel Impressions

Agents booking groups at select Iberostar hotels and resorts will receive an exclusive 37 percent discount on top of $500 in instant savings and an up to $800 resort credit when reserving 10 rooms or more (for a minimum of 50 room nights) with Travel Impressions. The 37 percent savings is valid through January 31 for travel until April 30. Resort credit and $500 instant savings applies to travel by December 22.

The promotion applies to select Iberostar properties in Mexico, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic such as the Riviera Maya’s Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraíso, Iberostar Grand Hotel Bávaro and Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall.

Resort credit can be used toward room upgrades, romantic dining experiences, spa treatments, golf, premium champagne and wine bottle service, water sports, The Star Prestige upgrade package and purchases at the Star Market.

Agents who book FIT packages to participating Iberostar Hotels & Resorts from by January 31 will earn an additional 500 “LoyalTI First” bonus points for each applicable booking. Points can be redeemed for a variety of rewards from the leading agent-exclusive operator’s electronic Folio Reward Catalog.

Click on the ‘Supplier of the Month’ tab on www.TravelImpressions.com for more information or to view the full terms and conditions for the promotion.

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UnCruise Adventures Launches Wave Season Offer on Alaskan Cruises
Savings are available for new bookings made January 2, 2018 through February 28, 2018 | UnCruise Adventures

UnCruise Adventures, a small ship adventure cruise line, is offering savings on an "Alaskan Adventure" cruise in 2018. Starting January 2, 2018, guests will save $225 per person, or $450 per couple, on any seven-night departure in Alaska aboard the S.S. Legacy and the Safari Endeavour. The offer also includes a $100 shipboard credit per couple.

With no more than 86 guests, the two ships take guests into remote areas of Southeast Alaska for off-the-beaten path trips. This Wave Season deal includes three Alaska itineraries, with expedition guides on hand to enhance the exploration and learning experiences during the journey.

The itineraries include:

  • Alaska’s Glaciers & Whales: Hike on the moraine of Baird Glacier, explore Tracy Arm fjord with twin Sawyer glaciers, skiff the iceberg gardens at LeConte Glacier and hike the Tongass National Forest. Visit the Tlingit village of Kake and whale watch in Frederick Sound—prime humpback feeding grounds. Departures available May-August.
  • Whales, Wildlife & Glaciers: Visit Glacier Bay National Park for a full day, float the river or bike in Haines and spot wildlife such as whales, Dalls porpoise, sea lions and black bears. Departures May-August.
  • Glacier Bay Small Ship Cruises: Take two full days in Glacier Bay National Park, visit the Margerie and Grand Pacific Glaciers and explore Dawes Glacier in Endicott Arm by skiff. Departures in April, July and September.

Additionally, every UnCruise ship carries its own adventure equipment for activities like kayaking, hiking, beachcombing, paddle boarding, snorkeling, skiff excursions and wildlife searches.

The Wave Season savings are available for new bookings made January 2, 2018 through February 28, 2018. Travelers must use offer code “AK450+50” when booking. Cruises start at $3,995.

Visit www.uncruise.com

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Pleasant Holidays’ Year-Long Savings at Five Beach Resorts in Hawaii
Booking is available throughout 2018 for select travel through January 2, 2019. | Pleasant Holidays

Pleasant Holidays has announced deals on Hawaii vacations with hundreds of dollars in savings at five beach resorts on four islands.

Pleasant Holidays' collection of exclusive Hawaii vacation package deals includes hotel rates and added values featuring daily breakfast or food and beverage credit and up to 15 percent off spa treatments at Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa and The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort on Oahu; The Westin Maui Resort & Spa on Maui; the Kauai Marriott Resort on Kauai and the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay on Hawaii Island

Valid for travel throughout 2018, these Hawaii vacation packages offer savings on warm-weather winter escapes; spring break trips; family vacations during the peak summer travel season; couples honeymoons and romance getaways.

For travelers wanting to visit all four islands on one vacation, Pleasant Holidays offers air-inclusive cruise vacations featuring Norwegian Cruise Line's (NCL's) seven-night Hawaii itinerary aboard the Pride of America with departures from Honolulu every Saturday year-round. 

For a limited time, Pleasant Holidays bookings include NCL's “Free at Sea” offers, which provide travelers added savings and value with their choice of a one-night pre-cruise hotel stay,a specialty dining package, pre-paid gratuities, $50 in shore excursions credit per port or the third and fourth passengers sail free. 

All offers are valid for select travel through January 2, 2019; certain restrictions apply and book-by dates vary.

Visit www.pleasantholidays.com

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Azamara Club Cruises Launches the Wave Offer
Deal is available on bookings made through February 28, 2018, for select sailings departing on or after May 5, 2018. | Azamara Club Cruises

Azamara Club Cruises has announced that its latest deal – the Wave offer – has just gone live, offering half off the second guest and free Wi-Fi during the voyage for bookings now through February 28, 2018. The discounted rates, plus free internet, are available when guests stay in a Club Oceanview Stateroom or higher on select sailings departing on or after May 5, 2018.

Itineraries on the Azamara Quest, Journey and the recently announced Pursuit, offer travelers the chance to cruise globally and take part in unique shore excursions like tapas in Barcelona, historic walking tours in Havana, and biking through Amsterdam.

The featured voyages for the Wave Offer include:

  • 8 Night Iberian Passage Voyage, Azamara Journey – September 2018: Depart the city of Lisbon, one of the oldest cities in the world and travel to Seville for a historic tour of the Mudejar Palace followed by an overnight on the famed island of Ibiza.
  • 8 Night Alaska Adventure Voyage, Azamara Quest – July 2019: From Vancouver, guests sail through the Inside Passage with a view of glacier-capped mountains, winding fjords and small islands to arrive in Ketchikan for a visit to Tongass National Forest. A dog sledding Shore Excursion is offered along with a canoe ride to Mendenhall Glacier.
  • 16 Night Chilean Fjords Voyage, Azamara Pursuit – February 2019: The voyage traces South America’s eastern coast toward Antarctica with time in Buenos Aires, Laguna San Rafael in the Aysen region and San Antonio, Chile. Port stops feature excursions with an eclectic mix of Caribbean spirit and Afro-Cuban culture influences.

For more information, visit here.

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Princess Cruises Unveils the "Exclusively Caribbean Sale"
The sale is available now through December 26, 2017. | Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises is offering its lowest fares of the season during the "Exclusively Caribbean Sale," on 7-, 8-, 10-, 14-day Caribbean sailings departing February through April 2018. The sale is running now through December 26 and is available to residents of the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and Bermuda.

During the “Exclusively Caribbean Sale,” rates start as low as $99 per day/per guest, plus free gratuities, and third and fourth guest fares start at just $15 per day. Guests must be 21 or older to book a cruise with Princess Cruises.

Fares are based on double occupancy on space-available basis at time of booking on select categories and sailings. Gratuities added to bar charges, dining room wine accounts or Lotus Spa services are not included.

Princess Cruises’ Caribbean sailings will depart round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and will include ports in locations like Honduras, Mexico, the Bahamas, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, and Jamaica, depending on the voyage.

Part of Carnival Corporation, Princess Cruises is a global cruise line and tour company operating a fleet of 17 cruise ships that carry two million guests each year to more than 360 destinations around the globe. In total, the cruise line offers more than 150 itineraries that range in length from three to 114 days.

Princess Cruises has been recognized as a destination leader in the cruise industry. The cruise line was named "Best Cruise Line in the Caribbean" by U.S. News & World Report for 2015 and the cruise line's private beach in the Bahamas, Princess Cays, was ranked among the "Top Cruise Line Private Island Destinations" by Cruise Critic for 2017.

For more information, visit www.princess.com.

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Access Trips Launches Holiday Travel Agent Promotion
Travel agents must book guests by January 31 to receive the free trip for themselves. | Access Trips

Access Trips, a travel company specializing in culinary tours, has unveiled a special “Book Six; Travel Free” travel agent promotion. From now through January 31, travel agents who book six guests on any of their culinary tours will get a free trip for themselves.

Additionally, they can earn a $1,000 discount for groups of six or more and $500 for groups of four or five for bookings made through December 31.

The earned free trip is based on single occupancy, applicable to Morocco, Thailand, Vietnam, Costa Rica, Cuba, and Peru departures with Access Trips. This trip must be taken in 2018, within six months of the clients’ booked tour, and at least six clients must have completed travel.

Earlier this week, Access Trips announced its newest culinary trip to Costa Rica that will explore San Jose, Costa Rican wildlife, and other scenic locations on an 8-day culinary tour. The itinerary includes a river safari, a cooking class at the base of Arenal Volcano, a tour of an organic Costa Rican coffee plantation, a farm-to-table lunch at a local farm, and more.

Established in 2001, Access Trips’ tours have been recognized as “Best Trips of the Year” by National Geographic and recommended by Fodor’s. Their trips have also been featured in the New York Times, Fodor’s, National Geographic Traveler, Travel + Leisure, and NPR.

Access Trips’ culinary tours are featured in Cuba, South Africa, Vietnam, Peru, Morocco, Japan, Alaska, Thailand, and Costa Rica.

For more information on Access Trips, visit www.accesstrips.com.

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Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay’s Black Friday Sale is Still Available to Book
Guests staying from November 23 to December 22 will get 65 percent off of rates; guests staying from December 23 to January 1 will get 50 percent off and clients staying from January 1 to December 22, 2018, will get 60 percent off.
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Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay

The all-inclusive Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay in Jamaica is kicking off the 2017 holiday season by offering its “Black Friday/Cyber Monday” savings of up to 65 percent off resort stays through December 2018. 

Savings apply to all room categories, including the resort’s exclusive adults-only Rose Hall Club, as follows:

Guests staying from November 23 to Dec. 22 will get 65 percent off of rates; guests staying from Dec. 23 to January 1 will get 50 percent off and clients staying from Jan. 1 to Dec. 22, 2018 will get 60 percent off.

“Our biggest sale ever also features our most extended travel window, and our most flexible terms, with discounts available on every single one of our 518 rooms and suites for a full year – even over the Christmas and New Year’s holiday period,” said Nicola Madden-Greig, group director of marketing and sales, in a written release. “This Black Friday we’re proving that big things really do come in big packages.”

In addition to the savings, Black Friday/Cyber Monday bookings also carry an added bonus incentive of 20 percent off all treatments at the resort’s onsite Sol Mer Spa and Salon.

The all-inclusive guest experience at the Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay includes unlimited meals, snacks and beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), as well as unlimited use of non-motorized watersports equipment, resort amenities (tennis, mini golf, fitness center, etc.), free Wi-Fi usage throughout the resort, taxes and gratuities.

The value is even greater for families as up to two kids 12 and under also stay, play and eat free when sharing accommodations with parents, an added value of $100 per-night.

Visit www.caribbeanhi.com/jamaica

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Star Clippers Offers 15 Percent Off All Sailings for Active Military and Veterans
To receive the discount, guests must book their sailing by November 30. | Star Clippers

In honor of Veteran’s Day on Saturday, November 11, and to show support and appreciation for military members, Star Clippers is offering all veterans, active military personnel, and their families 15 percent savings on any upcoming Star Clippers sailing when booked by November 30.

“The service provided by our dedicated military personnel and veterans is vital to our country’s freedom and this offer is our small way of saying ‘thank you,’” said Terri Haas, Vice President of Sales at Star Clippers.

After the 15 percent special promotion deadline has passed, Star Clippers will offer 10 percent savings for all active military personnel and veterans year-round which can be combined with other deals and incentives. To receive the military discount, veterans must submit a copy of their military ID or DD214 form.

For more than 25 years, Star Clippers has brought travelers to remote ports in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Indonesia, Thailand, and Singapore aboard its modern tall-ship sailings. Star Clippers operates three of the world’s largest and tallest sailing vessels: Star Clipper, Star Flyer, and Royal Clipper.

Star Clipper and Star Flyer are both traditional clipper ships with modern amenities carrying 170 guests, while the 227-guest Royal Clipper holds the Guinness World Record as the largest and only five-masted, full-rigged sailing ship in service today.

All three ships have expansive teak decks, swimming pools, informal dining, tropical bars on deck, and piano lounges. The brand’s newest vessel, Flying Clipper, will debut at the end of 2018.

For more information, applicable restrictions and to make a booking, visit www.starclippers.com.

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Apple Vacations Offers Rate Reductions, Free Nights at Hawaii Hotels
Apple-exclusive perks are available on bookings made by November 23 for travel November 17, 2017, through April 30, 2018.
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Apple Vacations has announced the launch of its new“Hawaii SuperSale,” with exclusive rate reductions, free nights and daily breakfast at participating Hawaii hotels and resorts. Apple-exclusive perks are available on bookings made by November 23 for travel November 17, 2017, through April 30, 2018.

Travel agents booking air-inclusive and land-only packages to Hawaii will earn double "Bonus Royalties" points, which can be used toward stays at select hotels. Agencies can enjoy double points towards their preferred partner status level on every Hawaii passenger booked. 

With a variety of Hawaiian properties participating in the promotion and departures from all U.S. gateways, there are packages suitable for all travelers, occasions and budgets. Sample air-inclusive rates are as follows:

Spend five nights at Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort with an Apple-exclusive rate in a resort-view room starting at $1,049 per person, based on double occupancy. Room upgrades are available on select room categories. 

Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa is offering five-night packages from $1,449 per person, based on double occupancy in a Tower City-view room. When accompanied by two paying adults, kids 17 and under stay for free and kids five years of age and under eat for free. 

Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay is offering five-night packages starting at $1,189 per person, based on double occupancy in a Garden/Mountain-view room with daily breakfast for two. 

All sample rates are per person, based on double occupancy, for February 8, 2018 departures from Los Angeles (LAX). Other dates, durations and gateways are available. Rates vary based on property selected, dates of travel, length of stay and room category. 
  
Guests staying four nights or longer on any Hawaiian island will receive an Apple Vacations "Sun and Fun" gift box, featuring a beach bag, selfie stick, waterproof phone case and a handy power bank for electronics. For additional savings, two adults can save up to $200 on scheduled air packages with United Airlines using the promo code UNITEDHAWAII17 for travel December 20, 2017 - June 30, 2018.

Visit www.applevacations.com

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Variety Cruises Announces Special Winter Offers to Costa Rica and Panama
The offer is available for a limited number of cabins on departures for December 30, January 6, 13, 20, 27, and February 3 and 17. | Variety Cruises

Variety Cruises has announced two special promotions for its Costa Rica and Panama programs on seven winter 2017/18 departures. The cruise line is promoting the opportunity to explore Costa Rica and Panama with a private yacht experience at specially reduced rates.

The first offer includes a 40 percent reduction on official rates in double occupancy, no single supplement for single travelers, plus 50 percent off for Variety Members and double the referral rewards.

The second offer includes special rates for group travel. With a minimum of six paying cabins, the group will get one free cabin, a 40 percent reduction on official rates in double occupancy cabins, no supplement for single travelers, and wine and fruit in each stateroom on embarkation.

The two promotions are available for a limited number of cabins on departures for Dec. 30, Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27, and Feb. 3, 17. Departures on Dec. 30 and Feb. 17 start and end in Colon, not in Panama City, and will include the special experience of the Panama Canal transit.

The two offers are available for sailings on the M/S Panorama, a three-masted ship that accommodates up to 49 passengers in 24 cabins, where guests can enjoy an intimate small-ship setting that strikes a balance between conventional cruising and private yachting. The M/S Panorama also possesses a two-to-one- passenger to crew ratio.

Variety Cruises’ voyages to the coastline of Costa Rica and Panama included visits to the historical San Lorenzo Spanish Forts, snorkeling excursions in the small island of Restingue, and exploration of Darien National Park, where guests will be welcomed by the Embera Indians, one of the seven indigenous groups living in Panama.

Visit www.varietycruises.com

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Princess Offers Deals on Caribbean and Panama Canal Cruises
Now through October 31, 2017. | Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises has announced that it will offer guests free gratuities and deposits for only $1 beginning October 20, 2017 for select voyages to the Caribbean and Panama Canal.

Thanks to the line's partnership with Discovery, guests visiting the Caribbean and Panama Canal are offered Animal Planet exclusive and recommended shore excursion options such as a visit to the Sloth Sanctuary in Costa Rica or a swim with sea turtles in Barbados.

During this special offer, guests can experience the music and dance, tranquil waters, and a history of the Caribbean, or the lush rainforests, untouched beaches, colonial towns and engineering marvels of a Panama Canal voyage.

Some cruises included in this deal include:

  • Eastern Caribbean Getaway cruise - 5 days: $349 interior, $399 balcony
  • Western Caribbean cruise – 7 days: $629 interior, $649 balcony
  • Panama Canal with Costa Rica & Caribbean cruise - 10 days: $599 interior, $799 balcony
  • Southern Caribbean Medley cruise - 10 days: $599 interior, $799 balcony
  • Eastern Caribbean cruise - 7 days: $399 interior, $549 balcony
  • Panama Canal Ocean to Ocean cruise - 15 days: $1,399 interior, $2,499 balcony

All cruise prices are per person, based on double occupancy. The promotion period runs from 12:00am PST October 20, 2017 through 11:59 p.m. PST on October 31, 2017 and is available to residents of the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and Mexico.

Princess Cruises in currently in the process of phasing in its new Ocean Medallion technology which is designed to give guests a high-tech, customized experience on board.

For more information or to book a cruise visit princess.com/sale.

 

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Get $500 Off From South African Airways Vacations
Now through October 31, 2017. | South African Airways Vacations $1,499

South African Airways Vacations (SAA Vacations), a division of South African Airways, is offering a savings of $500 per person for an air-inclusive vacation to Cape Town and the surrounding Cape Winelands. The “Cape Town and the Winelands Super Saver” starts at $1,499 per person and is available for sale now through October 31, 2017 for stays through December 09, 2017 and January 10 - March 31, 2018.

Guests will spend time in the popular Cape Town as well stay two nights in South Africa’s wine and culinary capital, Stellenbosch.

The package includes:

  • Round trip international Economy Class airfare from New York-JFK International Airport or Washington, D.C.-Dulles International Airport to Cape Town on South African Airways
  • Three-nights at the Sun Square Cape Town
  • Full-day Cape Peninsula tour to visit Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope
  • Two -nights at the Evergreen Manor and Spa in the Cape Winelands in Stellenbosch
  • Breakfast on a daily basis
  • Airport and ground transfers in South Africa

Other departure points within the United States are available with varying prices. 

SAA Vacations offers travel packages throughout Africa including to Botswana, Victoria Falls, Namibia, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania, Senegal, Ghana and the Indian Ocean Islands. There are more than 80 air-inclusive packages to choose from ranging from safaris and cuisine to romance and adventures. There are a range of tour programs with a variety of hotels, game lodges and safari companies throughout Southern Africa.

To book this package, contact one of SAA Vacations Africa Specialists by calling 1-(855) 359-7228 or visit flysaavacations.com.
 

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Windstar Announces New Group Deal: Book 7, Get 1 Free
The deal is available on select Windstar Cruises itineraries. | Windstar Cruises

With more and more people planning spontaneous group vacations, Windstar Cruises has announced that, on select dates, it will give a free cruise to the eighth cruiser for every seven people booked. On higher demand cruises, it’s one free cruise for every nine people that are booked.

In addition, groups also get a discount off of standard guest fares, as well as a $100 per person shipboard credit to use on things like massages, shore excursions, or a bottle of champagne.

The new deal comes as a response to the growing trend of spontaneous celebration. More and more, people are celebrating milestone moments as they define them, taking impromptu cruises for less conventional reasons.

The cruise line cited examples like someone taking a cruise because they want one more child-free adventure with friends before the baby is born, or they just ended a relationship and they want to enjoy new happiness on a friends-only group voyage.

Guests are celebrating these decisions and markers that go beyond the typical and expected times to commemorate life milestones. Group travel at unconventional times is getting more popular, and Windstar took notice of this change.

“We have been seeing this trend and decided to do something to support it,” said Steven Kona Simao, vice president of sales for Windstar. “Why just have corporate incentives for groups? Why not let people define their own friends and family group and reward it?”

Also, on certain dates (dubbed Star Advantage dates), travel agents earn a $100 bonus commission for each individual guest booked after the first free cruise is awarded.

For more information, visit www.windstarcruises.com.

 

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American Cruise Lines Announces Complimentary Pre-Cruise Packages
The Complimentary Pre-Cruise Packages are available for many of its popular itineraries in 2018. | American Cruise Lines

American Cruise Lines has announced special 2018 Complimentary and Extended Pre-Cruise Packages on many of its most popular itineraries. All of the packages include a premium hotel stay, welcome reception, and complimentary transportation to the ship. Complimentary Pre-Cruise Packages are available on the following 2018 itineraries:

  • All cruises in the Mississippi River region departing from New Orleans, St. Louis, St. Paul, Pittsburg, Nashville, and Memphis.
  • All Columbia Snake River cruises departing from Portland or Clarkson.
  • All cruises in Alaska departing from Juneau. This complimentary package also includes a guided Juneau city tour and a visit to Mendenhall Glacier.

In 2018, American Cruise Lines will offer many Extended Pre-Cruise Land Packages. Guests departing from Memphis can enjoy a Graceland package with a 2-night stay at the Guesthouse Hotel, two VIP tickets to Graceland and a Memphis city tour with transfer to the ship.

Guests departing from Clarkston on Columbia Snake River itineraries can take a Jet Boat tour of Hells Canyon before transferring to the ship. The packages are also available on itineraries departing from Seattle, Boston, and Providence.

With over 35 itineraries visiting 30 states, American Cruise Lines offers an extensive list of travel options on U.S. waterways on its fleet of 10 ships. The award-winning vessels travel the rivers and coastal waterways of Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, the Mississippi River, and the East Coast. In addition to the Pre-Cruise Packages, most cruises include complimentary guided tours, on-board experts, historians, and nightly entertainment.

For reservations or to learn more about American Cruise Lines Pre-Cruise Packages, visit AmericanCruiseLines.com.

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Variety Cruises Celebrates 50th Anniversary With 50% Cruise Voucher
The 50 winners of the cruise vouchers will be chosen by Variety Cruises on October 16. | Variety Cruises

In celebration of their 50th anniversary in small ship cruising, Variety Cruises has announced that they will reward 50 Variety Club Members (past passengers) with a 50 percent off voucher for them and their companion on all cruises (with the exception of Cuba for which the 50 percent reduction applies only on the cruise) and no single supplement if they travel alone.

The 50 winners will be drawn from a list of past passengers who have sailed on at least two Variety Cruises; the drawing will take place at the cruise line’s office in Athens, Greece on Oct. 16. Winners can use their 50 percent certificate for any sailing and these 2018 cruise programs: Spain & Portugal, Seychelles, Iceland, West Africa, Costa Rica & Panama and Cuba.

Additionally, all passengers sailing with Variety Cruises at any time during the winter of 2018 in Cuba, Cape Verde, Costa Rica and Panama and West Africa (including sailings departing the last week of 2017) will be entitled to $50 per person on board credit.

Variety Cruises is based in Athens, Greece, and operates a fleet of 11 vessels with a maximum of 72 passengers. Guests on a Variety cruise get to explore secluded areas, renowned ports, and historic landmarks that cannot be accessed by larger chips.

Each yacht in Variety’s fleet is known for its high passenger-to-crew ratio, its luxury amenities, and its staff’s personal attention to all its guests.

To see the entirety of the 2017 Variety Cruises itineraries, visit www.varietycruises.com.

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Star Clippers Waives Single Supplements on Select 2018 Sailings
The deal is available on select sailings departing in 2018. | Star Clippers

With more and more travelers choosing to travel solo, Star Clippers is now waiving single supplements on select 2018 Mediterranean and Transatlantic sailings.

The tall ship cruise line is embracing the new way to travel with its social on-board atmosphere and diverse range of sailing itineraries that appeal to the solo voyager.

Star Clippers is waving single supplements on a variety of 2018 Mediterranean sailings, ranging from five to 14 nights on board the Royal Clipper and Star Flyer. Examples of included sailings on the Royal Clipper include a 5-night Spain and Morocco itinerary from Lisbon to Malaga on April 23, and 12-night versions of the same sailing that goes on to the Balearic Islands, Corsica, and Cannes. Rates range from $1,385 for the five-night sailing to $3,030 for 12-nights. On the Star Flyer, a seven-night French Riviera sailing round trip from Cannes departs June 2, with rates starting at $1,690.

For solo travelers looking for longer voyages, the cruise line has waived the single supplement on two Transatlantic sailings. Guests can take the 20-night Eastbound Crossing voyage from St. Maarten to Lisbon aboard the Star Flyer, which includes 19 nights at sea and departs on March 31 with rates starting at $2,350.

There is also a 28-night Eastbound Crossing voyage from Barbados to Cannes with stops in Azores, Portugal, Morocco, Spain, the Balearic Islands, and France. This sailing aboard the Royal Clipper departs Barbados on April 7 with rates starting at $4,020.

For more information, visit www.starclippers.com.

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Variety Cruises to Give Away 50 Percent Vouchers to Former Guests
Winners will be chosen by the company on October 16, 2017. | Variety Cruises

In celebration of their 50th anniversary in small ship cruising, Variety Cruises is offering 50 Variety Club Members (past passengers) with a 50 percent off voucher for them and their travel companion on all cruises (with the exception of Cuba for which the 50 percent reduction applies only on the cruise) and no single supplement if they travel alone.  

The 50 winners will be drawn from a list of past passengers who have sailed on at least two Variety Cruises. The drawing will take place at Variety Cruises’ office in Athens, Greece on October 16, 2017. Winners can use their certificate for any sailing for Spain & Portugal, Seychelles, Iceland, West Africa, Costa Rica & Panama and Cuba 2018 sailings. 

Additionally, all passengers sailing with Variety Cruises at any time during the winter of 2018 in Cuba, Cape Verde, Costa Rica and Panama, and  West Africa (including sailings departing the last week of 2017) will be entitled to a $50 per person on board credit.  

"The best way we can mark 50 years of success in pioneering the small ship cruising is to reward our loyal guests who have traveled with us  in recent years,” said Yiannis Vontas, Senior Partner and Executive VP of Development and Marketing in a written statement. “Since we first launched Variety Cruises, our destination portfolio have expanded to include some of the more exotic parts of the world, so now guests have many more diverse itineraries to select from." 

To see all itineraries, visit varietycruises.com.

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Enterprise Extends “Plus Your Points” Promotion for Members
Available through the end of January 2018. | Enterprise

Enterprise has announced it is launching its annual “Plus Your Points” promotion a month early this year. Not only that, but the deal will run through the end of January 2018, giving members 40 more days to earn bonus points.

The “Plus Your Points” promotion enables Enterprise Plus members to earn double points on rentals and bonus points for a variety of rental-related items.

Bonus points can come from sharing news about the promotion on Twitter, opting in to receive Enterprise emails, and downloading the Enterprise mobile app. With this extended deal, members can choose how they want to earn points.

Points earned during the promotion can be redeemed at any time for free rental days in any available vehicle at thousands of participating Enterprise locations worldwide.

The free rental covers the time and mileage fees but does not include taxes or additional and optional items. The points do not expire as long as the member completes one Enterprise rental during every three-year period.

“Extending the Plus Your Points promotion this year will give our customers even more time to rack up points they can redeem for free rental days – days they can use to hit the road in pursuit of their passions,” said Lee Broughton, Vice President of Enterprise North American Brand Marketing. “It’s a thrill for us to reward our customers whenever we can, and we look forward to hearing about the journeys they will take with their bonus points.”

You can enroll in the Plus Your Points promotion, learn how to earn bonus points, and get more information on the terms and conditions at plusyourpoints.enterprise.com.

To receive all Enterprise Plus member benefits, you can use your membership number when booking a reservation online at www.enterprise.com, via the Enterprise mobile app, or over the phone.

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More Than 75 Percent Off Yangtze River Cruises With Victoria Cruises
Cruise must be booked by November 30 to receive the full discount. | Victoria Cruises

Victoria Cruises has announced it is extending its limited time 2-for-1 promotion to its already discounted winter departures in February 2018, giving travelers the opportunity to save over 75 percent on trips along the Yangtze River.

This offer, combined with preexisting discounts, will drop the per person rates to $235 for cruises departing between February 1 and February 18. Also included will be a $90 fee for a mandatory shore excursion package.

If you want an affordable yet luxurious trip between Chongqing and Yichang along the mysterious Yangtze River, look no further than Victoria Cruises. To receive all available discounts, the trip must be booked with Victoria by November 30.

The departures in February will be a part of Victoria’s Three Gorges Highlights program, which includes a trip to Shibaozhai, a tranquil sampan excursion along one of the Yangtze’s scenic tributaries, and an educational tour of The Three Gorges dam- the world’s largest hydro-electric dam project in the world.

Onboard experiences will add to the excitement as well with informative lectures, nightly musical and dance performances, Tai chi lessons, acupuncture, and a dining program by award-winning celebrity Chef Walter Staib.

Guests will also get to experience China’s engineering prowess up close with the introduction of the world’s largest ship elevator capable of elevating ships of up to 3,000 tons.

For an even more luxurious trip, guests can upgrade their onboard experience for just $200 with Victoria Cruises’ Luxury Amenities program. It offers VIP access to upper deck staterooms, exclusive ship areas, “white glove” service, enhanced culinary privileges, and an exclusive happy hour with complementary Wi-Fi.

For more on Victoria Cruises, visit www.VictoriaCruises.com.

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“Secret” Shoulder Season Values Available for Fall Houseboating on Lake Mead
Forever Resorts is offering discounts starting at $500 through October 27. | Forever Resorts

With temperatures cooling but still plenty of sun guaranteed through most of October and off-season rates now in effect, right now is a good time to try houseboating at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Forever Resorts, the National Park Service concessioner that operates rental houseboats at Lake Mead’s Callville Bay Resort and Marina and Lake Mohave’s Cottonwood Cove Resort and Marina. Forever Resorts is offering a “Secret Fall Special” through October 27.

Specifics of the value offers vary depending upon the size of the houseboat and the duration of the trip, but discounts start at $500 and increase from there.

The houseboats are climate controlled, and include private staterooms, spacious living areas, fully equipped kitchens, outdoor barbecue grills and, on the largest models, top-level hot tubs.

Able to accommodate up to 12 passengers while in motion, houseboats are popular with extended families, groups of couples or gatherings of friends. Fishing, riding personal watercraft, hiking, tubing, wakeboarding—or just relaxing on the houseboat’s top-level sundeck with a great book—all become all-day, every day possibilities when guests opt for a houseboat vacation. Each marina also offers small power boats, PWCs and water toys to enhance the experience on the water; Cottonwood Cove on Lake Mohave also rents kayaks and paddle boards.

Visit www.foreverhouseboats.com or call 800-255-5561 for more information.

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TravelBound Offers 2 Percent Bonus Commission to Travel Agents
The deal will apply to bookings made from Sep. 1- Sep. 30, 2017 for travel that will take place from now until Dec. 31, 2017. | TravelBound

In light of last year’s successful deal, TravelBound has announced that it will again offer travel agents from the U.S. and Canada a 2 percent bonus commission for bookings on hotels, sightseeing tours, and transfers, bringing back the offer made in late 2016.

This year, the deal will apply to bookings made from Sep. 1- Sep. 30, 2017 for travel that will take place from now until Dec. 31, 2017.

Not only that, but the company has decided to extend the potential bonus commission to bookings made anywhere that TravelBound offers its fully independent travel (FIT) products, allowing travel agents to choose from nearly 180 countries and remain eligible for the bonus.

Last year, the bonus commission was only available to travel agents that booked travel in European destinations. With this new deal, TravelBound has given more travel agents the opportunity to take advantage of the offer and book locations that they are familiar with.

“After the success of our 2% bonus commission for European bookings last year, we saw this as an opportunity to reward our valued travel partners for any destination they specialize in for a limited time,” said TravelBound President James Phillips.

This is not the only time the company has rewarded travel agents for their service. Earlier this year, TravelBound launched a new rewards program that enabled travel agents to earn Amazon gift cards if they booked travel with the company.

TravelBound’s inventory of FIT products includes over 50,000 hotels, apartments, and villas all over the world, transfer options in over 1,000 airport and city locations, and thousands of sightseeing tours, both public and private. They offer attractions in the most popular and extravagant travel destinations, including The Caribbean, Italy, France, Spain, Mexico, and South America.

To learn more, visit www.booktravelbound.com.

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Azamara Launches the Double Upgrade Promotion
This promotion is in effect from now until November 30, 2017. | Azamara Club Cruises

Azamara Club Cruises recently unveiled its newest promotion: the Double Upgrade Promotion. Between now and November 30, 2017, customers who book for select itineraries can receive a complimentary upgrade from a Club Interior to a Club Veranda Stateroom, which comes with a private balcony to take in the views at sea.

The Double Upgrade promotion is valid for Azamara’s immersive itineraries that allow guests to “Cruise Global and Connect Local” through their culturally-focused shore excursions. Details of the promotion are below:

The Double Upgrade Deal

  • Offer – The Double Upgrade: The Veranda room with the inside price 
  • Guests booking a Club Interior room on select 2018 and 2019 voyages will automatically be upgraded to a Club Veranda Stateroom
  • Offer can be combined with onboard savings, reduced single supplements and the early booking bonus 
  • Booking window: Now through November 30th, 2017 

Eligible Voyages

  • 10 Night Islands of the Western MedAzamara Quest – June 2018: After starting the voyage with a visit to St. Peter’s Basilica,island hop around the Mediterranean, with an overnight on the island of Malta and a sail down the canal into the city of Mahon, only accessible to smaller ships. 
  • 11 Night Cities of Northern Europe, Azamara Journey – August 2018: Take an urban voyage throughout Northern Europe,visiting cities like Aarhus, Denmark and Oslo, Norway.
  • 10 Night Circle Cuba Voyage, Azamara Journey – November 2018: Travel from one end of the island of Cuba to the other, taking in unique culture including the Afro-Cuban heritage and art deco architecture before spending a day in the Cayman Islands followed by an overnight in Cozumel, Mexico.

For more information, visit azamaraclubcruises.com.

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Club Med’s New Sun-Sational Sale Has Rates From $125
Special rates are available through October 25, 2017, for trips through May 5, 2018. | Club Med

Club Med is not quite ready to say goodbye to summertime and days at the beach, which is why they recently unveiled their new “SUNsational Sale.” The deal offers rates as low as $125 per person, per night at various resorts in Mexico, Florida and the Caribbean. Promotions and extra perks from the “all-inclusive pioneer” include:

  • Room rates starting at $125 per person, per night
  • Bonus rewards at family and beach resorts in Mexico
  • Complimentary room upgrades
  • Up to $400 air credit per person
  • No single supplement
  • Kids under 4 stay free

Now through October 25, 2017, travelers can also book their vacations for trips through May 5, 2018 and receive unlimited beverages, land and water sports, various activities, modern accommodations and Children’s Clubs for four-year-olds and up from select Club Med Resorts, which include:

Club Med Cancun Yucatan, Mexico

Located at the tip of the Riviera Maya, this resort is suitable for active families, with recently revamped accommodations like the locally inspired restaurant, Taco Arte Beach Lounge, main pool, lounge area and Jade 5 Trident luxury space. Situated alongside the world’s second largest coral reef, guests can explore Mayan culture and a variety of activities for all ages.

Club Med Sandpiper Bay, Florida, U.S.A.

This riverside resort is located just two hours from Miami or Orlando. There are four pools, including an adults-only infinity Zen pool and children’s splash pool, Club Med Academies with professional coaching for tennis, golf, beach volleyball and fitness, as well as all-day healthy dining options.

Club Med Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Located on the Caribbean Sea, Club Med Punta Cana provides a unique immersive experience with the new Club Med CREATCTIVE by Cirque du Soleil—an interactive playground with 25 recreational acrobatic and artistic activities for guests of all ages, like trapeze, aerial skills, high bungee, face painting and dancing. Accompanying the resort is L’Occitane Spa, with an all new men’s barber shop. Club Med Zen Oasis is an adults-only section of the property with a private pool, bar, and suites with sea-facing views.

For more information, visit www.clubmed.us.

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Avalon Waterways Rolls Out Savings for New TV Ad Campaign
The promotion takes effect September 4, 2017. | Avalon Waterways

This week, river cruise operator Avalon Waterways is cruising into American households and television sets across travel, food and home shows through their new television advertising campaign. Beyond its two new commercial spots, Avalon Waterways has also launched the “See the World Your Way” trade campaign and promotion, which provides $299 Air and savings of $2,500 per couple, for agents to encourage clients to take advantage of the offer.

“Travel agents are an integral part of our new national advertising campaign,” said Vanessa Parrish, channel marketing manager for the Globus family of brands.  “We have always provided agents with complimentary marketing tools and support.  As part of this TV campaign, we are also arming them with a Consumer Marketing Kit on the Travel Agent Portal to access our new advertising spots, flyers, social media posts, images and more to help them ignite river cruise sales for 2018. By launching a new advertising campaign, we hope to inspire more travelers to ask for – and book – river cruise vacations with their travel agent.”  

Avalon’s newest advertising campaign places a spotlight on the company’s signature open-air balconies, which blur the line between outside and indoors to form a spacious seating area for six. Avalon’s balconies do not sacrifice room space either.

At 200-square-feet, Avalon’s Panorama Suites—on two full decks of every Suite Ship—are 30 percent larger than the average stateroom. In every Panorama Suite, the guests’ beds are angled to face out so the scenery can be appreciated from the comfort of one’s bed.

“We’re for travelers who don’t follow the herd … Those who always forge their own path and have a distinct perspective of looking at the world,” said Terri Burke, managing director of Avalon Waterways.  “With our new advertising campaign, we’re showcasing that fact. Avalon Waterways presents a river cruise experience with expansive views and wider perspectives: A cruise where our traveler’s vision leads the way.”

For more information, visit avalonwaterways.com.

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Aruba Marriott Resort Launches New Wellness Retreat Package
The package can be booked with the code SPA through December 19.
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Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

The Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino is offering a new "Wellness Retreat Package," in which vacationers can experience a 360-degree wellness approach that takes them on a healthy and rejuvenating intimate journey.

The Wellness Retreat Package includes Premium Ocean View accommodations, a private healthy cooking class with an executive chef, a private yoga class on the beach, a $100 credit to Mandara Spa, and a gift upon check-in. 

The package starts at $328 per night with a minimum stay of four nights or more. Book the package with the code SPA through December 19.

Travel Agent recently visited the hotel and uncovered some tips for clients looking to visit the Mandara Spa. The Massage de la Aruba is just the thing for classic relaxation, while the smoothing the Elemis Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Facial can take years off your complexion.

If you’re looking for an only-in-Aruba experience, try the Aloe and Milk Bath Wrap. It incorporates aloe (Aruba’s top export) from Aruba Aloe, the oldest such factory in the world. The plant’s vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids work together with hydrating and smoothing milk to leave skin looking and feeling fresh. Spa Director Muriella Perrotte ([email protected]) can assist with treatment bookings, which should be made three to five days in advance.

The resort is a haven for honeymooners, young families and other sun-seekers. And like its clientele, the resort’s room options are diverse. Everyone wins when it comes to beautiful beach views, but for the best bird’s-eye vantage point, opt for deluxe rooms on the eighth-floor, the adults-only Tradewinds Club. There, a private lounge is stocked with complimentary refreshments, and Tradewinds Club guests enjoy use of an exclusive beach.

Visit www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/auaar-aruba-marriott-resort-and-stellaris-casino/.

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A Pair of Caribbean Deals for Adventure Lovers
Both packages are valid for travel through December 22. | San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

Travel Agent breaks down two deals for Caribbean-bound adventure lovers from the “Thrills, Then Chill” package at the San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino in Puerto Rico to Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort’s new "Reef Life" package.

Here at the details for each:

The “Thrills, Then Chill” Package

Located in the heart of Condado, San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino is offering a new “Thrills, Then Chill” package, which includes oceanfront accommodations, daily breakfast for two, a half-day tour of El Yunque rainforest for two (includes hiking and swimming in La Coca Falls and more), as well as a 30-minute back and neck massage for two at the resort’s spa to unwind after a long day of adventure.

The offer is valid for travel through December 22. A two-night minimum stay is required. Nightly rates start from $402. When booking, use promo code F10.

Visit www.marriottsanjuan.com.

The New Reef Life Package

Overlooking the bustling Charlotte Amalie Harbor in downtown St. Thomas, the Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort is offering a new “Reef Life” package, in which guests enjoy water-view accommodations, a $200 Adventure Center credit to use on an excursion, such as a sunset catamaran sail, a $100 spa credit at Lazule Sea Spa, and a $150 food and beverage credit.

The package starts at $399 per night and is valid for travel now through December 22. To book this package, enter promo code SO9.

Visit www.frenchmansreefmarriott.com.

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Emerald Waterways Updates Group Value Points Program for 2018 Bookings
New bonuses take effect for group bookings before September 30, 2017 and full payments by October 31, 2017. | Emerald Waterways

Earlier this year, Emerald Waterways launched the Exceptional Group Value Program, an amenity points program that allows travel agents to select from a slew of bonuses for group bookings, including onboard amenities, marketing dollars, incremental commission, or savings on bookings. Earlier this month however, the Australian river cruise line announced an update for its program that provides even more group travel options.

Guests who book a group of five cabins or more for 2018 sailings before September 30, 2017 can choose between two promotions:

1. Fly free on all cruises of 15 days or more and $495 airfare on all cruises of 8-14 days.
2. $500 savings per person on all riverview suites and $1,000 savings per person on all balcony suites.

Besides these two promotions, groups that pay for their voyage in full by October 31, 2017 will save up to an additional $800 per couple.

With every Emerald Waterways group sailing they book, travel agents can earn Exceptional Group Value (EGV) points. The amount of points an agent receives is based on destinations and sailing dates, and can be used to customize an offer to better suit any given travel group.

For example: an agent who books a group on a Douro River cruise in Portugal in the months of July, August and November would earn four EGV points. Those points can then be exchanged for multiple amenities like an onboard cocktail party (one point) and $100 onboard credit for the group (3 points), or used to obtain a 2% bonus commission for the agent (4 points) or to get pre- or post- hotel room nights for the group (4 points). With this most recent update, Emerald Waterways has added a TC accelerator of one free with seven full paying guests for four EGV points.

These developments precede the 2018 launch of the world’s first Discovery yacht, the Scenic Eclipse, from Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours, of which Emerald Waterways is part of.

For more information, visit emeraldwaterways.com.

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Pleasant Holidays Is Offering $250 Off Hawaii Vacations
The deal is available for bookings made by October 29, 2017 for travel through July 31, 2018. | Pleasant Holidays

Pleasant Holidays has announced $250 savings on air-inclusive packages during its 2017 and 2018 Hawaii Vacation Sale. Bookings must be made by October 29 for travel through July 31, 2018 at participating hotels and resorts, and on Norwegian Cruise Line’s (NCL) seven-day Hawaii cruises on the newly refurbished Pride of America, which sails year-round from Honolulu. The $250 savings is per booking and taken at time of reservation. Travel blackout dates apply December 21, 2017 to January 3, 2018.

The 2017 & 2018 Hawaii Vacation Sale is valid at 40 participating hotels and resorts located on Hawaii’s four most popular  islands: Oahu, Maui, Kauai and Island of Hawaii for travelers departing from: AUS, BWI, CLE, CMH, CVG, DEN, DTW, IND, JFK, MCI, MCO, MKE, MSP, OMA, ORD, PHL, PIT, RDU and STL.

Vacation packages must include roundtrip flights from a specified airport and a minimum of five nights’ accommodation at a participating resort. The sale includes Pleasant Holidays’ exclusive resort offers at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa; The Royal Hawaiian; and Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay.

For cruise lovers, the sale applies to departures from DEN, JFK, OAK, ORD, SFO and SJC. Cruise vacation packages must include roundtrip flights from a specified airport, seven nights’ cruise accommodation on Norwegian Hawaii sailings, and one additional component such as airport transfers or a pre- or post-cruise hotel stay. 

Norwegian offers seven-night cruises sailing roundtrip from Honolulu with departures every Saturday year-round. The itinerary features more than 80 hours of port time, including overnights in both Maui and Kauai.

For more information, including a complete list of participating hotels and resorts, or to make a booking, travel agents can visit PleasantAgent.com or call 1-800-448-3333 or the dedicated cruise desk call 1-800-818-8780. 

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Glam B-Q at The Westin Ka’anapali
The offering began September 5 and offers guests a private outdoor dinner setting at the resort’s Kai Lani Lawn. | The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas

It may be winter in the U.S. mainland, but The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas is still celebrating summer with its Glam-B-Q offer. The private experience blends luxury dining and traditional BBQ cookouts.  

Glam B-Q offers guests a private outdoor dinner setting at the resort’s Kai Lani Lawn. A grill cook and server will present a classic cookout with ribeye steaks, lobster tails, corn on the cob, baked potatoes and s’mores, as well as local options like island poke.

Guests can relax in a teepee-style tent, lit with string lights and furnished with blankets, pillows and low tables for casual, picnic-style dining.

The space can be reserved from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Pricing for the event is $3000 for up to six guests. Additional guests, up to 14 total, are an additional $100. Beer, wine, and cocktails as well as menu customization are available for an additional price. 

The resort recommends that guests book the Glam B-Q at least one week in advance and reservations are subject to availability. 
Glam-B-Q is open to guests of The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas, as well as non-guests.

The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas is located on 26 oceanfront acres of Maui’s North Ka’anapali Beach. There are one and two-bedroom as well as studio villas available. Each room comes with a full kitchen and washer dryers. 

There are six outdoor pools on the property including two dedicated children’s pools and one adults-only pool. Guests can snorkel, canoe, kayak, and more at the beach. Located nearby is an active reef system great for snorkeling. The reef is home to a variety of fish and Hawaiian green sea turtles. 

Visit westinkaanapali.com

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South African Airways Offers Savings on Two Packages
The "Captivating Cape Town" package is available August 11 through December 9, 2017, and is available for booking until August 13, 2017. The "Affordable South Africa" package is available September 1 through November 30, 2017 and should be booked by August 31, 2017. | South African Airways

With South African Airways, travelers can now save big on the “Captivating Cape Town” and “Affordable South Africa” packages.

The Captivating Cape Town package starts at $1,899 per person and takes travelers along the shares of the Atlantic Ocean and to the foot of Table Mountain. The city of Cape Town, the press release said, is “consistently ranked as one of the most beautiful cities in the world by leading travel publications,” and allows travelers to wander through sophisticated neighborhoods and to visit restaurants and museums. This package includes a full-day Cape Peninsula tour to view the scenery of Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope, located along the southwestern-most tip of Africa. There is also a half-day tour of the Cape Winelands region included, where travelers will visit some of South Africa’s award-winning wineries. 

This package is good from August 11 to December 9, 2017 and comes with round-trip international economy class airfare with the airline from New York or Washington Dulles airports to Cape Town. The itinerary lasts five nights and guests will stay at the SunSquare Cape Town Hotel, where they will receive daily breakfast. Bookings on this tour should be made by August 13, 2017.

The “Affordable South Africa” package starts at $2,999 per person and includes the same tours as the Captivating Cape Town package, though it also includes a tour of an African safari in the malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park. Travelers who book this package receive an added one-night bonus at the five-star Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge. They also receive the same round-trip airfare as the Cape Town package, and get to stay four nights at the four-star Southern Sun Waterfront Hotel in Cape Town, where breakfast is included daily. The next three nights will be spent at the Tree Game Lodge in the Pilanesberg National Park with all meals included. This package is available from September 1 through November 30, 2017, though bookings on this trip should be made by August 31, 2017.

Both packages have restrictions that apply.

Visit https://www.flysaavacations.com/

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Solo Travelers Save 65 Percent on 2017-18 Star Clippers Cruises
These cruises are available for solo travelers during the 2017-2018 sailing season. | Star Clippers

Solo travelers who sail with Star Clippers in the 2017-18 season can now get serious savings on select destinations.

Travelers can receive a 65 percent discount on over a dozen sailings on a brochure rate plus no single supplement fee. With these savings, rates fall as low as $1,360. 

This winter, solo travelers can explore Barbados on a round trip journey aboard the Royal Clipper with the ability to choose from three separate itineraries. These Windward & Grenadine Island itineraries offer tropical destinations including Antigua, St. Vincent, Martinique, St. Kitts and St. Lucia, among others.

The Treasure Island itinerary aboard the Star Flyer sails round trip from St. Maarten, stopping in Anguilla, St. Barts, St. Kitts and the Virgin Islands. The only sailing on this itinerary embarks during the last week of March 2018. 

Starting March 31, 2018, the Star Flyer will also set sail on a 20-night trip from St. Maarten to Lisbon, Portugal, totaling 19 days at sea. The Royal Clipper’s Mediterranean cruises with sail 28-night itineraries eastbound across the Atlantic, departing from Barbados and ending in Cannes, France. There are also additional five to 14-night voyages offered across different ports in Europe. Locations aboard these shorter trips include France, Corsica, Ibiza, Italy, Mallorca, Portugal, Spain and the Strait of Gibraltar. Two of these itineraries have stops in St. Tropez and Cannes, with one offering guests a spot at the trial run at the Monaco Grand Prix.

From November 2017 to May 2018, solo travelers can also sail with Star Clipper on seven-night itineraries in Thailand and Singapore. Cruises departing from Singapore will explore Malaysia before heading to Phuket, Thailand. Travelers can sail along the opposite route from Phuket to Singapore and can also book a round trip voyage that begins and ends in Phuket.

Visit http://www.starclippers.com/

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Celebrate Chocolate Month in St. Lucia With Sweet August Discounts
This promotion runs through August 31. | St. Lucia Tourist Board

This August, chocolate lovers visiting St. Lucia will be treated to a month of deals, spa treatments and food all in the name of chocolate. 

For Chocolate Heritage Month, travelers can sample yummy “choc-tails,” get a chocolate infused massage, explore centuries old cocoa plantations and try our specialty tasting menus. Whatever the choice, visitors to St. Lucia this summer can sink their teeth into St. Lucia’s rich history of cocoa production and join us in our celebration of all things chocolate.

To join in the celebration, hotels and resorts island-wide are also offering decadent deals for couples and families with savings of up to 65 percent off standard rates.

St. Lucia’s chocolate legacy dates back to the thriving cocoa industry of the 1700’s and the island continues to produce some of the world’s most sought after chocolate. 

Hotels and resorts celebrate this rich heritage with inventive chocolate services and amenities, as well as agri-tourism experiences for guests. Many of St. Lucia’s top restaurants incorporate native cocoa into menu items for both sweet and savory dishes while resort spas create chocolate-infused spa treatments that are both indulgent and good for the body.

For a deeper look into the island’s chocolate heritage, plantation tours at Morne Coubaril Estate and La Dauphine Estate showcase the tradition of St. Lucian cocoa production. 

The Fond Doux Holiday Plantation tour leads guests through the cocoa fermentation house where visitors can participate in the traditional “cocoa- rina” dance to polish the cocoa beans while Jade Mountain’s Emerald Estate Organic Chocolate and Chocolate Laboratory offers guests a behind-the-scenes look at a bean-to-bar, single estate boutique chocolate maker. The Tree to Bar Experience at Hotel Chocolat guides visitors through the many stages of chocolate production, from seedling nursery, fermenting room and sun-drying station to grinding, mixing and tasting.
 
Visit www.stlucia.org/events/chocolate-heritage-month

Photo by danni3315/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Getty Images

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Southwest Airlines Offers "Flare" Aboard Flights Affected by Solar Eclipse
Solar eclipse to occur during specific Southwest Airlines flights on August 21, 2017. | Southwest Airlines

In light of the countdown to the August 21 solar eclipse scheduled to sweep American cities from Portland, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina, Southwest Airlines is offering a special experience for travelers aboard its flights affected by this spectacle.

The airline has identified which flights will be most likely to experience maximum effects of the eclipse, giving customers on those flights “commemorative flare,” which includes special viewing glasses, cosmic cocktails and social media engagement across the atmosphere on the brand’s gate-to-gate Wi-Fi.

In a release, Southwest said that Network & Schedule Planners “modeled the operational day against projections of the umbra and penumbra," which are shadows cast by the moon’s eclipse of the sun. 

The flights with the greatest likelihood of catching a view of the August 21 eclipse will be as follows:

 

  • Southwest flight 1375, departing Seattle-Tacoma at 9:05 a.m. PDT for St. Louis
  • Southwest flight 1368 departing Portland at 9:05 a.m. PDT for St. Louis
  • Southwest flight 1577 departing Denver at 10:20 a.m. MDT for St. Louis
  • Southwest flight 301 departing Denver at 10:20 a.m. MDT for Nashville
  • Southwest flight 1969 departing Denver at 9:50 a.m. MDT for Atlanta

In the release, manager of meteorology for Southwest Warren Qualley said that the airline plans to “showcase the glow of its everyday hospitality in a different light on these celebratory flights in [its] summer flight schedule” and that its team of meteorologists is working hard to “provide clear viewing of this solar spectacle from [its] flights.”

The next solar eclipse that will be visible in the United States is not scheduled to occur again until April 8, 2024. 

Visit www.southwest.com

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Victoria Cruises Announces Discounted Travel Opportunities
Available now until August 31, 2017. | Victoria Cruises

Victoria Cruises is now offering a two-for-one pricing on private balcony Superior Staterooms as well as 40 percent off Executive Suites on its four- and five-day Three Gorges Highlights itineraries.

This offer is good now until August 31, 2017 as these itineraries sail through China’s Yangtze River between Chongqing and Yichang

Reservations on these trips must feature a commissionable pre-booked excursion package to qualify for the promotional offers, ensuring maximum revenue for travel agents.

The Three Gorges Highlights itinerary costs $90 per person and features visits to Shibaozhai’s famous red pavilion, a scenic voyage along one of the Yangtze’s tributaries via traditional Chinese sampan and an educational tour of the Three Gorges Dam

Travelers on this itinerary will also be able to experience “China’s engineering might” with the introduction of the world’s largest ship elevator, which is capable of elevating ships up to 3,000 tons along with a volume of water roughly equivalent to four Olympic-sized swimming pools. This is included in the shore excursion cost in Victoria Cruises’ 2017 program based on availability. 

For those seeking to receive two-for-one rates on private balcony Superior Staterooms, the cruise line’s introductory pricing of $880 per person becomes $880 per couple. This discount also applies to the excursion package.

When passengers book Executive Suites by August 31, they can receive 40 percent off published rates which start at $1,340 per person – but with the promotion, passengers will save up to $1,272 per couple. These savings vary based on vessel selection as well. Travelers staying in these suites will automatically be enrolled in Victoria Cruises’ Luxury Amenities program – this provides them with VIP perks such as “white glove” service, upper deck placement, access to exclusive ship areas, complimentary WiFi, exclusive happy hour and enhanced culinary privileges including wine and beer with dinner. 

Travelers booking private balcony Superior Staterooms will have the option to upgrade to the Luxury Amenities program for an additional $200 per person, which becomes $200 per couple after the two-for-one deal is applied.

While on board, passengers can enjoy informative lectures, nightly entertainment and a dining program designed by Emmy Award-winning celebrity chef Walter Staib. Those staying in staterooms will also be able to take in views of the Qutang, Wu and Xiling Gorges along with centuries-old temples and pagodas from the comfort of their private balcony.

Visit www.victoriacruises.com

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Avanti Adds Bonus Commission for Off-Season Bookings
Available on bookings made through February 28, 2018. | Avanti Destinations

To help agents sell more independent travel all year long, Avanti Destinations has launched Go365, an informational and marketing campaign including specially negotiated prices on European winter itineraries and bonus travel agent commissions for off-season bookings to Europe, Asia, Central and South America. Avanti sells exclusively through travel agents.

The vast majority of American travelers visit Europe during the warmer months, said Harry Dalgaard, Avantis president and founder, in a written release. We want to help agents point out to their clients that there are many excellent reasons to see Europe in the cooler months – fewer crowds, shorter lines at museums, lower air and hotel rates, and far more cultural events.

Avantis new Go 365 e-brochure includes 27 customizable city stays and vacation packages, many designed specifically for October-March travel. A webinar on the campaign is scheduled for Thursday, July 20.

Bonus Commissions

Agents can earn an early booking bonus commission of $100 for each booking of at least $2,500 made by August 31, 2017, for travel between October 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018. For each booking of $1,500 or more made between September 1, 2017, and February 28, 2018, for travel between October 1, 2017, and March 31, 2018, the Go 365 bonus commission is $50.

Avantis six regional sales directors located around the U.S. will provide agents with a flyer describing the Go 365 campaign and the bonus commissions.

Off-Season Customizable Vacations

Some of the 27 featured off-season vacations (land-only) in the Go 365 e-brochure, which can all be customized to add more nights, activities, transfers or destinations, include:

 

London City Break – 5 days/4 nights at a 4-star hotel with Oyster Card and London Illuminations Tour. Starts at $499 per person, double occupancy.

Rome City Break – 5 days/4 nights at a 4-star Superior hotel, with private arrival and departure transfers, private city tour and one 3-course dinner. From $855.

Switzerland Winter Wonderland – 5 days/4 nights in Lucerne and Interlaken, includes horse-drawn sleigh ride, Jungfraunoch excursion, night sledding and fondue dinner. From $1,425.

Rovaniemi (Finland) Santa Claus Safari & Dog Sledding – 4 days/3 nights from $1,069.

Tromso (Norway) Northern Lights Tour & Snowmobile Safari – 4 days/3 nights from $1,289.

Costa Rica: Rainforest, Volcano & Beach – 9 days/8 nights in San Jose, Tortuguero, Arenal, and Guanacaste. Includes all ground transfers, canopy tour, boat tour in Tortuguero and daily breakfast.  From $1,795.

Ultimate Peru – 9 days/8 nights in Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Puno, private tour Machu Picchu, tours in Lima, Sacred Valley, Cuzco, Uros and Taquile Islands, daily breakfast. From $3,225.

(New) Thailand Escapes – 9 days, 8 nights in Bangkok at 5-star 137 Pillars Suites & Residences and in Phuket at 5-star The Slate. Includes two private tours in Bangkok, Phi Phi Islands tour, Hong by Starlight tour, daily breakfast. From $2,535.

(New) Beauty of Bali – 8 days, 7 nights in Ubud (inland) and Seminyak (beach), including private arrival & departure transfers in each city, 2 private sightseeing tours (Ubud), private Indonesian cooking class, private Uluwatu traditional dance and dinner tour, daily breakfast. From $1,999.

Visit www.avantidestinations.com

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CIE Tours Offering Bonus Commission For Agents
Offer is good through July 21, 2017. | CIE Tours

Through July 21, CIE Tours is offering travel agents a $50 bonus commission when they book any nine- or 10-day Best of Britain tour using the code: BRITIANSBEST.

The four-star vacation package starts at $2,198 through 2017. Guests who book now for 2018 receive a 5 percent discount, and rates start at $2,090 per person. 

Guests travel to England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales with a guide. Daily guided sightseeing, accommodations, daily full breakfast, most dinners, including specialty dinners with entertainment, WiFi on coaches, and all on –tour transportation are included. 

Highlights of the tour include Windsor Castle, Liverpool, the city popularized by The Beatles, Edinburgh Castle, Stonehenge, Tower of London, and more. For those who travel in August, guests may see the famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo with reserved seats.  

CIE Tours Vice President of Sales Carol Doherty said that the Best of Britain tour is a great introduction for first-time travelers to the UK as it showcases many popular locations in a short period of time.

The company is celebrating 85 years of business and offers fully inclusive guided tours of Ireland, Scotland, England, and Wales as well a tour of Eastern Europe and Italy. Tours are given by Irish and British based tour directors and are protected by the $550+ Advantage, which guarantees that travelers are never charged for extras that are normally considered optional by other tour companies. It offers both group travel and personalized private itineraries for smaller groups. 

For more information visit their website at cietours.com or call 1-800-243-8687. 

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United Vacations Announced as Karisma’s Preferred Partner for July
The booking deadline for this deal is July 31. | Karisma Hotels & Resorts

Karisma Hotels & Resorts, a hotel collection that owns and manages properties in the CaribbeanMexico and beyond, recently announced that United Vacations has been selected as Karisma’s Preferred Partner for the month of July.  

The Karisma Preferred Partner program goal is to highlight a different tour operator from the U.S. or Canada each month, offering a variety of special activities to drive excitement and motivation while providing training on Karisma Hotels & Resorts and the "Gourmet Inclusive Experience."

Partners that are chosen to participate in the Karisma Preferred Partner program enjoy a range of benefits, including training support, sales incentives and assistance, weekly contests, and web, social media, and press exposure. 

The training, which takes place prior to the start of the month, focuses on reservations, groups, and sales with the intention of providing a better understanding of Karisma Hotels & Resorts’ fundamental differentiators, including the signature Gourmet Inclusive Experience. Incentives can include complimentary stays and the chance to enter to win a grand prize giveaway.
 
With July’s promotion, United Vacations’ clients will receive up to $600 off per room booked and up to a $1,000 resort credit. Resort credits can be applied towards wine credit, spa massage, and a romantic candlelit dinner. For vacations booked at Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana, kids stay free when staying with two paying adults. 

Bookings made at Generations Riviera Maya will receive an exclusive dolphin experience and complimentary private transfers. Private transfers are also applicable to bookings at El Dorado Seaside Suites and Palafitos – Overwater Bungalows at El Dorado Maroma. These offers are available for clients when booking by July 31. Travel agents earn $30 on Agent Bonus Cash on every booking made. Gourmet Inclusive Vacation Consultants can earn up to 21 percent commission. 

The promotion is only available for new bookings with a minimum stay of three nights – valid at all El Dorado Spa Resorts, Azul Beach Resorts, Generations Resorts, and Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts.

Visit www.unitedvacationsagent.com and www.karismahotels.com

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CroisiEurope Lets Children Under 16 Cruise for Free This Summer
July 1 to August 27, 2017. | CroisiEurope $1,421 to $2,523

Children under the age of 16 can take a river cruise free of charge this summer thanks to CroisiEurope

This deal comes in conjunction with the cruise company’s latest Family Club deal and grants families a second cabin so that they can stay onboard together throughout their stay. The Family Club deal also offers families the standard offering of all meals, unlimited beverages and excursions on all programs. 

Children also have the opportunity to participate in supervised water games, activities and perform in the cruise’s closing entertainment show. 

During the summer 2017 travel season, children under age 16 can travel free on cruises sailing to some of CroisiEurope’s most popular destinations including the Douro Valley in Portugal and Salamanca, Spain; Andalusia; and Venice and its lagoon. CroisiEurope cruises sailing to Croatia and Montenegro allow families to save 30 percent on children 16 years of age and younger. 

CroisiEurope’s trip to Croatia and Montenegro lasts eight days, includes departures on July 6, 13, 20, 27 and August 10, 2017 and has prices starting from $2,523 per person. The six-day cruise to the Douro Valley and Salamanca departs on July 27, August 1, 6 and 11, 2017 and starts from $1,421 per person. Cruise ships venturing to Andalusia for CroisiEurope’s Traditions, Gastronomy and Flamenco cruise lasts eight days and includes departures on July 9 and 16 as well as August 1, 9 and 17, 2017 and starts from $1,805. The Venice cruise starts from $1,429, departs on July 1, 6, 25 and 30 as well as August 8, 13 and 27, 2017 and brings travelers to the Doge’s Palace as well as Venice’s lagoon islands of Burano, Murano, Padua, Ferrara and Verona. 

For more information on CroisiEurope, visit croisieuroperivercruises.com or call 800-768-7232.
 

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"Sip and Sail" Offer From Princess Cruises
Available for cruises sailing summer 2018 and 2019. | Princess Cruises

Guests can drink for free thanks to The Sip and Sail package from Princess Cruises. All cruises and cruise tours sailing summer 2018 and 2019 are included in the deal. 

The promotion offers all-inclusive beverages for two people when guests book a balcony, mini-suite, or suite stateroom. Additionally, guests will receive reduced fares and free Unlimited Soda & More Packages for third and fourth guests.

The All-Inclusive Beverage Package includes any individual beverage item such as soda, juice, and bottled water as well as alcoholic cocktails, spirits, wines and beers up to $10 retail value. Guests also receive discounts on bottles of wine purchased in the bars, dining room or in stateroom.

For those who book a mini-suite or suite before July 5, 2017, a bonus offer of free specialty dining is included. 

Guests can also book and receive these offers with a special reduced deposit of $100 per person for first through fourth guests in a stateroom.

Included in the deal are some of Princess Cruises’ new 2018-2019 Exotics Program itinerary listings. 

Princess Cruises offers more than 150 different itineraries on six continents. Cruises range from three to 111 days. Princess Cruises is part of Carnival Corporation and is one of the largest cruise lines in the world. 

The company has been awarded Best in Travel by "Money Magazine," Best Ocean Cruise Line, three-years running by "USA Today," and Best Cruise Line for Food Lovers by "Food and Wine Magazine."

For more information check out Princess Cruises’ website at www.princess.com.

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Bahia Principe Offers Family Friendly Vacation Deals
Available for stays through October 31, 2017. | Bahia Principe

Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts, an all-inclusive hotel company with properties in the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Jamaica, has a “Kids Stay Free” program available for stays through October 31, 2017.

The offer includes the new five-star Luxury Bahia Principe Fantasia Don Pablo Collection and Grand Bahia Principe Turquesa, where the first child stays free; and Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana, where up to two kids stay free. 

Family suites in select hotels offer welcome packages including children’s bath kits and bathrobes. Kid friendly amenities include minibar milkshakes and soft drinks, children’s mini-clubs, and spa treatments for kids.

The Bahia Scouts program offers kids the chance to explore the Riviera Maya’s environment and learn about its local plants and animals. Scouts are supervised and broken up by their age group. Other activities the Scouts program offers includes piñata making, karaoke, fruit carving, tree planting, eco-tours and more. For the sporty kid, water polo, soccer, and mini-Olympics games are offered.

Bahia Principe also recently opened a new waterpark at the Grand Bahia Principe Jamaica. The newly opened Luxury Bahia Principe Fantasia Don Pablo Collection in Punta Cana has a pool with a fairy tale castle, complete with its own moat and drawbridge.

Other family-friendly features at Fantasia include a Kids Club with costume workshops, arts and crafts, cooking classes, expeditions, and a waterpark. The Fantasia Teens Club for guests 12 to 17 is equipped with a gym, movie theater, DJ dance floor, video consoles, pool table, and spa.

When parents are looking for some time alone, babysitting services are available. 

For more information, visit www.bahiaprincipe.com